Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Canary #1 (Comics From The Basement)

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And Happy Thanksgiving! I don't have any comics featuring a turkey, but I have one featuring another kind of bird... namely a Black Canary!


Hello Dwellers and Welcome to Comics From The Basement…
And Happy Thanksgiving!

Yes it’s the day of family gathering, football and the eating of a bird that makes you fall asleep faster than an episode of Saturday Night Live.

Now because I don’t have any comics involving a turkey, I figure why not go over something that has a bird in it… or at least in the title, with Black Canary #1 from DC Comics

Now to clarify this is issue one of the current Black Canary series which launched in August of 2015, and is the fourth Black Canary solo series. The first was a four-issue mini series in 1991, the second a 12 issue run in 1993, and the third was also a four issue mini series in 2007.

Then there is this clarification, the Black Canary as a character overall, dates back to the 1940s, debuting in Flash Comics #86, but that was Dinah Drake Lance… Dinah Laurel Lance has only been around since 1983 and was a member of the Justice League, helped form Justice League International, has been involved romantically with the Green Arrow, worked with the Suicide Squad and was a key part of Barbara Gordon’s ‘Birds of Prey’… then all the DC continuity reboots started happening with Infinite Crisis, the New 52, Flashpoint… where the character was rebooted and through series of convoluted events, ends up being the lead singer of a band called ‘Black Canary’ and she using the name ‘D.D.’ as she is basically trying to lay low, get paid and get a normal life.

So that all said, let’s talk about the comic shall we?
The cover is quite different from what I’m use to seeing, with the title right in the middle of the, and we see D.D. on stage posing, with her band in the background. It’s sharp and eye catching, and a clear indication of the style of artwork seen in the book

The story itself, D.D. and her band are becoming a bit infamous, because every time there is trouble, D.D. steps in and causes a lot of damage to whatever venue she’s performing at. Sometimes the band’s manager Heathcliff can smooth things over, but it’s becoming a major issue. The rest of the band wants to know about her past and why trouble keeps following her around. On top of that, a member of the band named Ditto is being pursued by some aliens, but because she doesn’t talk, the band chooses to stay together, keep doing gigs with the hopes of finding out what’s going on, with D.D. declaring she’ll have to train them to make sure they can protect themselves.

VERDICT: This comic in my opinion is totally okay, with this issue doing pretty much everything right for the kick off issue, with setting up the plot, introducing key characters and giving an idea of where everything is going to go. The artwork supports the story well enough, but there are a few things here and there where I wonder what the heck am I looking at. Overall it does the job of making a reader intrigued to see issue #2, which I’ll eventually have to get.

Blue Seed: "Complicated and Hard to Understand!" (Talking Anime)

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We are talking Anime, and in particular, episode 6 of Blue Seed that is titled '"Complicated and Hard to Understand! Being a Man Puts You Into Such a Difficult Position?!" That's one long title!

  • The original air date was November 9, 1994, but the first English broadcast of the episode was November 20, 1999
  • This episode is all about Yaegashi, the TAC's data computer specialist, as he nearly gets Koume killed because well, he's a computer nerd
  • Unlike the previous episode which focused on not just Matsudaira but also character she impacts like her son and Kunsanagi, this is just only focused on Yaegashi and his lack of belief in himself
  • The solution to dealing with the Aragmi in this episode being tied to the running gag involving Momiji's bloomers is a bit strange and can only be explained with the answer 'Because it's Japan'... 

Countdown to Camden Comic Con: Larry Hama Announced to Attend!

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Just saw the news that writer & artist Larry Hama, who worked on GI Joe and Wolverine back with Marvel in the 80s and 90s, will be in attendance once again at the 2017 Camden Comic Con, which will be at the Rutgers Campus in downtown Camden, New Jersey.

Now as I said before, the C3 is free, it's in a great location and it's a awesome celebration of comic culture, and you get to meet folks in the industry, get some things signed, get some photos, talk shop with 'em. Quite frankly, I'm thrilled that Mr. Hama will be in attendance.

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The Rescue Part 1 (Tales From The TARDIS)

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement & Tales From The TARDIS! 

As promised, we are doing two episodes this week, and tonight it's part one of the Doctor Who tale 'The Rescue', titled 'The Powerful Enemy' where we meet the new companion, Vicki! 

  • This episode first aired on January 2, 1965 and had about 12 million viewers watching
  • According to legend, Sydney Newman asked Maureen O'Brien (who played Vicki) to considered cutting her hair short and coloring it black. Her response was for him to beg Carol Ann Ford to come back! 
  • For a two-episode story, the first part does a lot to set up perils, with Koquillion pushing Barbara off a cliff and sealing Ian and the Doctor in the cave
  • There is a very touching moment when the Doctor calls for Susan, realizes his mistake and Barbara asks him to teach her how to open the TARDIS doors
  • Vicki is very much a different character than Susan is, who was clearly book smart, Vicki clearly has had to fend for herself and Bennett
  • It's pretty damn obvious what exactly is up with Koquillion based on we see him enteresting the room at the back of the crashed ship but never see him leave

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